The seductions of conformity: the criminological importance of a phenomenology of exchange

Mackenzie, S. (2009) The seductions of conformity: the criminological importance of a phenomenology of exchange. In: Lippens, R. and Crewe, D. (eds.) Existentialist Criminology. Routledge-Cavendish. ISBN 9780415467711

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Following the emotions and exchange theories of Edward J. Lawler, the paper suggests that: civility can be viewed as a collective action problem; contributions and withdrawals in respect of this public good depend in some measure upon reciprocity; civility can therefore be represented as a structure of exchange; processes of exchange can engender emotional commitment to the object of the exchange, and a perception of joint enterprise in efficacy between self and exchange partners; this emotional commitment is stronger when the exchange relation is characterised by a voluntarism in attachment; and conformity to exchange norms therefore has considerable phenomenological seductions.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Crime, criminology, emotions, exchange, reciprocity, phenomenology, existentialism
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mackenzie, Professor Simon
Authors: Mackenzie, S.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Research Group:The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
491721Community policing in ScotlandSimon MackenzieArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/G009929/1SPS - SOCIOLOGY